Newsletter – 12th March 2021

Welcome back!! I can’t tell you all what a relief it is to see so many happy children in the building again. Both children and staff are eager to get back into a routine and restart the journey of learning and socialising in school.

This week has consisted of lots of opportunities for children to talk to each other about life in lockdown, the postives and negatives, coming back to school and discussing the positives and the anxieties, and how we can help ourselves and each other through lots of PHSE sessions.

There has been little change to the systems put in place in September, and the children have reverted back to these routines with ease. Staff are LFD testing twice weekly and the wearing of masks when travelling around the site has not phased the children.

I have spoken to lots of children this week about how they felt about returning to school. The overwhelming feeling across the school was extremely positive. Here are just a few quotes:

 

“The best part is seeing friends, being together and getting ready to learn.”

                      

“My Dad was a good teacher but it’s not the same as being in class.”

 

“Handwashing, ‘catch it-bin it- kill it’ and staying in bubbles helps me feel safe.”

                  

“I’m looking forward to when we can have clubs, play football, see more of my friends, have normal routines and to get to climb on the galleon!”

When we receive news from the DfE when it is safe to relax class bubbles, we will be reintroducing after school clubs, and longer ‘mixed’ lunch and break times with welcome arms! We will keep you informed as we move forward.

It’s great to be hosting live celebration assemblies again, albeit it still via Teams, but the spirit of celebration is still high, focusing on praising achievements and displaying our core values both in and out of school.

Thank you to all the parents who have respected the requests to wear face masks when entering the site and for adhering to the one way system, and for collecting and delivering your children within in the allotted time slot. Please continue to follow these, and lockdown rules, so that we can continue to minimise the risk of transmission of Covid, lowering the risk of bubble closures and maximising the chance for all the children to safely remain at school.

We have had a complaint about parking around school, in particular on pick up times, around Nelson Road. The circled areas are private parking spaces so please avoid using them. Please be mindful of the residents and thoughtful when parking around the school site.  Thank you for your consideration.

I hope that you all have a restful weekend as I’m sure that this week has been a tiring shock to the system for the children, but a welcomed one nonetheless!

Thank you for your continued support.

Mr Hanshaw
Acting Head Teacher

Attendance matters

Our overall attendance so far this term is 96%.

Dates for your diary 2021  
End of Spring Term Friday 26th March 2021
Easter Holiday Break Monday 29th March 2021– Friday 9th April 2021
Start of Summer Term Monday 12th April 2021

 

PTA NEWS

 

SPONSORED READY STEADY READ 7 DAY CHALLENGE

Together with Usbourne Books, we are hoping to raise funds to enable us to buy much needed brand new books for the school for the children to enjoy! The challenge is for children to read for as many minutes as they can over 7 days.

If your child hasn’t had a chance to do this yet, don’t worry, as they can still take part!! All children are encouraged to read for as many minutes as possible over 7 days, and if you are able to sponsor them too this will help to raise funds to buy new books for the junior school. Don’t forget, all reading counts and can be recorded on their log – books, comics, websites, recipes and more!

 

Please upload your completed Reading Log Sheet to Teams by 24th March and 2 winners will be chosen from each class.

If you would like to sponsor your child for this challenge, which will enable us to buy brand new books for the junior school, please complete the Sponsorship Form (which was emailed home last week) and pay your sponsorship via www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta by the 24th March.

 

Well done to everyone who has already completed their 7 day reading challenge, we hope you enjoyed it!

 

PRE-LOVED UNIFORM

Thank you to everyone who bought uniform, you helped to raise £100.50! We are pleased to announce that from Monday 15th March, our pre-loved uniform will be available to buy online via www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta

 

NAME LABELS

We now have 3 companies who support our schools by offering donations for every order you place (with no additional cost to yourself!)

So if you are looking to label your child’s uniform, please kindly support our schools and help raise funds by ordering from one of the following companies, quoting our fundraising code:

STIKINS (https://www.stikins.co.uk/) – please quote code 3979 and we will receive 30% commission

Mine4Sure(https://www.mine4sure.com/) – please quote code LEI1368 and we will receive 15% commission

Stamptastic (https://stamptastic.co.uk/collections/home-page/products/basic-bundle)  – please quote code SS93NL and we will receive up to 20-30% commission